The obvious way forward nowadays seems to be simple. Go Wireless. And that is what TaoTronics has achieved so well with this product. I am talking about their new product – the feature packed TaoTronics Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
First Impressions TaoTronics seem to be investing money in design – after all, first impressions are the most lasting. The box is well designed and everything has its own place where it fits perfectly. The device has a soft-touch matte finish that gives it a classy feel. The buttons are rubberized (not the nasty hard plastic) and are satisfying to push.
The battery comes separately packed and the user needs to fit it in himself. This helps preserve the products shelf life by preventing the battery from draining over time, which would damage it. Opening the user manual on English showed some very clear instructions, not that many are needed, on how to connect to this speaker. I went ahead and turned on Bluetooth on my iPhone, turned on the Speaker, and paired my phone to it. Done in 30 seconds. The speaker let out a deep-toned ‘Beep’ to let me know it was paired. I fired up the iPod app and started playing music. This is where I said to myself that I would keep playing music until the battery drained. (Side note: I have at max 6 songs on my phone.) I kept my phone in my pocket whilst doing some chores around the house and this little speaker kept playing for hours! Good to note that this was on the charge that the battery came with. I (obviously) got fed up of playing the same six songs so I gave up trying to drain it. Next step was trying out the NFC feature. I dug out an old LG Nexus 4, turned on NFC and just touched it to the ‘N’ on the speaker. 10 seconds later I was playing an audio-book off it!
This is what I think impressed me most. I am quite an audiophile (don’t think of extreme gold-plated cables – I’m more on the 320 kbps side of the spectrum). This speaker, for it’s size, has very good sound quality and a considerable amount of bass. To say the least, it was satisfying to listen to whilst walking around the house.
Features As you can see from the image above this speaker has three ways it could play your music. For those of you who don’t have Bluetooth (you might want to consider this product) there is a 3.5mm Aux Connection and a Micro USB port (which doubles as a charging port). Three buttons at the top let you increase/decrease the volume and choose the next or previous song. An inbuilt microphone allows you to answer calls directly from the speaker.
Size: 16.8 x 4.1 x 5.1 cm Weight: Quite light, but feels solid. Battery: Li-ion 1500mah (claimed to last 10 hours – I gave up testing before that) Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm Aux, Micro USB, NFC. Speakers: 2x 3W speakers
I am glad I own this speaker, you won’t regret buying it either. Combine this with a RAVPower Dynamo power bank and you have music for days! It will be handy when travelling due to it’s size and weight and quite an upgrade from my lousy iPhone speaker!